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Old 13th October 2008, 02:07   #1  |  Link
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Cable splitters

This might well be off-topic, but I'm keen for an answer, so I hope it's valid.

I currently have Virgin Media Broadband via cable, and their digital TV via cable also will be coming at the end of the week. Along with that, I got 2 analogue TVs that will be driven by analogue cable, as we get a much better signal than the aerial that's up on the roof. This is 4 devices, currently we have 2 on a splitter to the wall box.

What I'm asking, is can I reliably use a 4-way F-connector cable splitter with Virgin Media to provide signals to the modem, digibox and 2 analogue TVs, ideally without too much signal loss to the modem and digibox? I know it's safe to split the signal from 1 > 2, but is 1 > 4 safe?
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I'd attach it to a ground but I've had worse setups work well before
maybe bug SMD as well
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Would you mind explaining what you mean by "attach it to a ground"? (Forgive the dumbass in me.)
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Some years ago I removed NTL's (Virgin Media's) 2-way splitter and replaced it with a 4-way splitter (Maplin's QQ70M @ 9.99).

Provided the cable signal is strong, you should not have any problems
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Some years ago I removed NTL's (Virgin Media's) 2-way splitter and replaced it with a 4-way splitter (Maplin's QQ70M @ 9.99).

Provided the cable signal is strong, you should not have any problems
Thanks SMD, that was the splitter I had my eye on.
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Would you mind explaining what you mean by "attach it to a ground"? (Forgive the dumbass in me.)
run a copper cable from the 'ground screw'(its that useless screw on the side) and run that cable to a ground(neutral)
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The only problem is both the cable modem and the digital box need two way communication. As long as the splitter is can allow enough of a return signal pass through you should be OK. Usually the forward path to supply the modem and digital box will be enough.
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